Metadata, or data that describes other data.

Data Element

Information from the submission form

Rationale describes why an action was taken (i.e., the action during which the dataset and/or data element was originated (collected, captured, sourced)). Provenance set includes the who, what, when, where and why as metadata for USCDI data classes and data elements. Rationale is part of “why”. Rationale should be associated with each USCDI dataset or data element that has a unique provenance set. Occurs when action-related data is originated (captured, collected or sourced), updated, verified, attested, transformed (e.g., to/from exchange artifact such as HL7 v2 message, document or FHIR resource instance). Note that Rationale may be intrinsic to what the source EHR/HIT system already knows, thus it will not require extra data collection (burden) by the clinician or other end user.


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